Philip Seymour Hoffman's body being removed from his apartment
The only reason Peyton Manning didn't have the worst day yesterday is because Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment with a heroin needle sticking out of his left arm. A source tells Radar that the actor was spending $10k a month on the stuff in recent months:
"He was what we call a heavy 'red liner.' That means he liked to shoot [heroin] with a needle, but he also sniffed it daily. And he was majorly hooked on Oxy, too. Heroin is one of the cheaper drugs, but Hoff wasn't buying the cheap stuff. Still, to be spending 10 grand, he was using hard."
Predictably, most of Hollywood is in shock over his death, but let's face it. Philip was an overweight, 46-year-old man shooting up five-digits-worth of heroin a month. His car didn't hit a tree.
And now, to lighten the mood around here, here's a dog in a hat. Dogs aren't supposed to wear hats!
HOLY SHIT PAUL WALKER JUST DIED IN A CAR ACCIDENT! Lost control of his Porsche GT in Santa Clarita (a city just north of L.A.) and slammed into a post or tree. Details are a bit sketchy, but according to TMZ, Paul and a passenger in his car were killed. Holy fucking shit this is sad. He was just 40. More to follow.... UPDATE (7:25PST): Paul's rep just confirmed his death on his Facebook:
It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. - #TeamPW
Cory Monteith and Lea Michele in Beverly Hills earlier this year
Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room at The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver late Saturday. He was just 31. Monteith's girlfriend, fellow Glee star Lea Michele, is said to be inconsolable. Police haven't ruled a cause of death, but in April Monteith entered rehab a second time for substance abuse issues, so a tragic skateboarding accident is looking highly unlikely.
UPDATE (7/16): Cory Monteth's cause of death has been determined. According to Canadian authorities, a lethal combination of sunshine and lollipops killed the Glee star --oops, I meant heroin and alcohol. Definitely heroin and alcohol.
*10 Cory Monteith and Lea Michele pictures total in the gallery:
I'm sure you've heard this by now, but James Gandolfini died of a heart attack in Rome earlier this morning. He was just 51. If his death was as cool as his life, he was probably beating the shit out of some guy in an Ed Hardy t-shirt.
*5 James Gandolfini pictures total in the gallery:
Mindy McCready at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in 2010
Country singer Mindy McCready -- who had twelve singles hit the country charts in the late 90s, including #1 hit "Guys Do It All the Time" -- killed herself in the worst way imaginable over the weekend. She shot her dog and then herself. From the Daily Mail:
Tragic country music star Mindy McCready has committed suicide, age 37, on the same front porch where her boyfriend was found dead one month ago. McCready shot the family dog before killing herself at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, on Sunday afternoon.
In recent weeks, she had faced a cloud of suspicion after her live-in boyfriend David Wilson died from a gunshot wound on January 13. She told Dateline NBC: "I didn't find the bullet, the dog did. It was in the dog's mouth. I mean, that's a horrific things to say, but it was in the dog's mouth."
Asked by Dateline if she had killed her boyfriend, McCready responded: "Oh my God, no. He was my life, we were each other's life."
It's pretty weird that Mindy killed herself on the exact same porch that her boyfriend David mysteriously died on just a month ago. I guess you could say that, after a month apart, Mindy's joined him in heaven. Geesh, this bitch takes nagging to a whole new level.
Caleb Moore, a freestyle snowmobiler who suffered severe injuries in a crash during the Winter X Games last week in Aspen, died today. He was just 25. But don't be sad, because Lil Wayne is sure Caleb has no regrets. In fact, he would die again if he could. Leave it to Lil Wayne to put everything in perspective.
After suffering a heart attack in July, Academy Award nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) passed away yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. He was 54. His publicist said in a statement:
"[Duncan's fiancee Omarosa] Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."
Death posts about celebrities you genuinely like are always difficult so, with that in mind, please enjoy this picture of a bear riding a motorcycle. Bears aren't supposed to ride motorcycles! Look at that thing!
*7 Michael Clarke Duncan pictures total in the gallery:
By now you've probably heard that famed director Tony Scott (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Spy Game) committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in L.A., which links San Pedro with the appropriately-named Terminal Island. ABC is now saying it's probably because he had inoperable brain cancer:
Tony Scott had inoperable brain cancer, a source close to him told ABC News.
Police said they received a 911 call at about 12:30 p.m. that an individual had jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The body was recovered around 3 p.m., when it was identified by authorities as Scott, according to Lt. Joseph Bale of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.
The Coroner's Office found several notes to loved ones in Scott's car, a spokesman told The Associated Press. A suicide note was later found at his office, according to the AP.
And somewhere, Michael Bay thinks to himself, "A bridge? What a fag. I would jump off the Burj Khalifa and have all sorts of explosions and shit go off when I hit the ground. Fuck yeah."
Former Chargers' linebacker Junior Seau was found dead at his home in Oceanside (North San Diego County) this morning. Early reports indicate that he shot himself. He was 43. As a lifelong San Diego resident and Chargers' fan, this is pretty shitty news to hear -- even shittier than when I heard that we'd hired Norv Turner as our head coach. R.I.P. Junior. Thanks for the memories.
Russell Armstrong and Taylor Armstrong leaving BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood in January
Russell Armstrong - famous for being the husband of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills "star" Taylor Armstrong - killed himself last night at a friend's house on Mulholland Drive in L.A. He was 47. Just a month ago, Taylor filed for divorce from Russell and a few stories were leaked [by her] that he was abusing her both physically and emotionally. In other words, this suicide is completely her fault. From TMZ:
Our sources say Armstrong hanged himself. He was found hanging in his bedroom on Mulholland Drive. We're told L.A. City Fire Department arrived at his home and pronounced him dead at 8:16 PM Monday. Sources say a roommate found Russell and called 911.
We're told authorities have not found a suicide note ... no drugs or alcohol were found in the bedroom where Russell died. He was fully clothed when his body was discovered.
I think this goes without saying, but killing yourself is a bit extreme. People would have eventually forgotten that he was on a reality show . . .
*8 Russell Armstrong pictures total in the gallery: